50,790 Bangladeshis sought political asylum in Europe in two years
Batan Biswas from EU: Bangladeshis are mainly choosing Italy and France to be recognized as refugees after illegal entry into the European Union. Bangladesh ranks seventh in the list of political asylum seekers in various European countries. This information has come out in the data of Eurostat, the statistical agency of the European Union (EU). Many migrants to Europe cross the Mediterranean illegally, while some go legally.
In the last two years, 50,790 Bangladeshis have sought political asylum in Europe. If someone is tortured in his own country due to caste, religion, nationality, political reasons or if someone’s life is threatened, he can apply for protection in European countries according to international law. The EU has been publishing an updated report every year since 2014 on how many applications are being submitted from different countries around the world.
According to Eurostat, the statistical bureau of the European Union, Bangladeshis are at the top of the list of non-EU countries with asylum cases in Italy in 2022 (14590). The next 4 countries of Bangladesh are Pakistan (11370), Egypt (8835), Tunisia (5365) and Georgia (3240). In Italy, all other countries together are 33,805.
In the neighboring country France in 2022, Bangladesh is not able to occupy the top spot in the list of non-EU countries seeking asylum, but it is at the 2nd place. Last year, 22,585 Afghans sought asylum in France, followed by 10,555 Bangladeshis. In third place are Turkey (10 thousand 5), Georgia (8905) and Congo (6760). In France, all other countries together are 78695. Apart from Italy and France, 1,360 Bangladeshi citizens sought asylum in Romania, 825 in Slovenia, 75 in Malta and 55 in Slovakia.
According to Eurostat statistics, Bangladesh is seen at the 7th place in the list of non-EU countries seeking asylum in the entire European Union in the years 2021 and 2022. Before Bangladesh, the number 1 to 6 countries are Syria, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Turkey, Colombia and Pakistan respectively. The place of various African countries is followed by Bangladesh in this list. In 2022 alone, 962,160 applications were received from all non-EU countries. Among them, 384,285 applications were accepted.
44% of cases accepted received political asylum, 31% subsidiary protection and 25% humanitarian protection. The important thing is that the name of Bangladesh is not in the top ten of the list of countries of sheltered refugees.
The important thing is that the name of Bangladesh is not in the top ten of the list of countries of sheltered refugees. The first 10 countries are respectively Syria (19,815), Afghanistan (87,530), Venezuela (22,350), Iraq (13,35), Somalia (11,740), Turkey (10,750), Ukraine ( 9,445), Nigeria (9415), Mali (8,560) and Eritrea (8145).
Germany had the highest number of applications granted as refugees in 2022. According to Eurostat, this number is 159,365, which is 41% of the total number of asylum seekers in all EU countries. The three countries after Germany are France (49,990), Italy (39,660) and Spain (35,765). The cases of most Bangladeshis who applied for asylum as refugees in 2021 and 2022 in various countries of the European Union, especially in Italy and France, are hanging in an extremely uncertain state.
A large number of applications have already been rejected. The main reason behind this is that Bangladesh is not a war-torn or famine-stricken country for the European administration. Another reason is the Bangladeshi passport scam, i.e. the irony of getting a new passport from the Bangladesh Embassy after filing a case of under-age children (bambino) claiming to be minors by showing their age.
All in all, it is not very good for the citizens of Bangladesh who are interested in becoming refugees and asylum seekers in different countries of the European Union.
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